Big Match Nerves
Published: 04 Feb 2005 - 14:09 by rippa rit
Updated: 06 Aug 2009 - 13:48
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Your level of play and competitive experience will often determine what is considered a "big match". Those nerves could be coming from a World Championship player or a local Pennant player. Whatever, nerves are nerves and can be detrimental to performance.
A "big match" could mean as simple as "I want to beat this person". It is a desire to do well and excel.
What are some of the symptoms of nerves?
The main thing is to recognise the feeling and find a way to settle down. Sometimes the feelings just come and go as the match progresses. This explains why some players cannot concentrate for the whole match. What are some of the ways to control and overcome these negative thoughts and distractions?
- Concentrate on the process, eg the targets, the corners.
- Focus on the doing part of the performance.
- Hum a tune to relax to get a fluent stride, and swing.
- Breath deeply and slowly in between points.
- Move slower towards the service box, without rushing.
- Pretend it is just another match and who cares who wins.
- Only think about the things you can control, eg watch the ball, get on your toes, aim for the target, get to the T and so on.
Experience is a wonderful thing.
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